Barefoot in Midwest winters

by Clint Voris
(Fort Wayne, IN)


I'm a complete rookie at barefoot running, but it's fun, easy, and is helping me run better. If I can do it, I know you can!


Unfortunately, living in the Midwest means we have to endure Midwest winters. Cold, snow, slush, ice, etc... You get the idea. I live in the suburbs, so the roads and pavement are well maintained, but the ground is just as hard, and just as cold.

Yes, you too can run barefoot in the snow, in the Midwest. Just get warmed up, take your shoes and socks off, and keep running. It's really that simple and easy.

I don't run barefoot when the snow and tire tracks are frozen solid, they would be like broken glass. When you can walk across the driveway and the snow mushes out around your shoes, that's when it's the best.

Watch out for the blue patches; that's usually a sign of chemicals and salt. The salt crystals are not fun.

Your feet will get accustomed to the cold very quickly, and I don't notice the cold, even when barefoot. I try to keep my barefooting above 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

Clint
Fort Wayne, IN

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Barefoot in snow

by Clint
(Fort Wayne, IN)

Clint barefoot in the snow

Clint barefoot in the snow

I like barefoot running because it's helping me overcome bad running form. It's also fun! All my friends think I'm crazy. The only drawback is that it takes a long time to build up your lower legs. After my regular run, I take off the shoes and keep running, but only for a few minutes.

After about one month of going barefoot, I'm up to about a half mile. Yes, I run barefoot in the snow, too. :)

Hey Clint,

That's awesome that you are making the switch with total disregard to the conditions. You are a true barefooter.

Thanks for the picture too!

Happy (Barefoot) Trails - Coach Tief

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Go 'whole-hog', no minimalist shoes for me!

by Clint Voris
(Fort Wayne, IN)


One of my buddies mentioned 'barefoot running' to me last fall (late 2012.) I tried it once, and could barely walk for the next few days. :) Running barefoot was really an eye-opening experience. It was very liberating and exhilarating, yet so simple at the same time.

I dialed it back a few notches, but kept at it. The times and distances are gradually increasing.

I tried one pair of minimalist shoes, on one of my average runs (about 2.5 miles,) and my knees hurt for several days afterwards. I have yet to have any knee pain, ankle pain, or hip pain that I can attribute to running barefoot. Just jump right in! Go 'whole hog', and skip the minimalist shoes.

Clint
Fort Wayne, IN

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